sepia5 (232) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 8 from 2007. Pours a fairly dark but largely transparent red with a small white head. Sediment and a relatively lively carbonation are apparent on the pour. Nose is a bit of vinegar and red wine; nice, but perhaps not quite as strong as you get from some similar sours. The flavor is sour with some twangy vinegar funk and a bit of candied sweetness on the tale end. Honestly, I’d prefer something with a bit more sourness, as it isn’t quite as biting as you can find elsewhere in the style. Perhaps I waited a bit too long to drink this for my taste. Also, the mouthfeel is a bit light for me. The carbonation seems to fade relatively quickly, and you’re left with a bit of a thin consistency. Still, a solid offering that I’m glad I tried, even if, in the future, I’ll continue to spend half as much for Rodenbach’s Grand Cru.
SuperTiti33 (231) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010. Ambré rousse
Sauvage. Brett caramel. Boisé champignon. Corsé. Belle effervescence. Fraiche. Levure sauvage. Bonbon. Sour. Un petit délice.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aromas of barnyard and sour cherries. Flavors are much the same, although there is a good deal of sweetness that I was not expecting. This beer really is not my favorite style, although I can appreciate its complexity...
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
’06 Vintage. I was so loking forward to drinking this beer, however I was underimpressed. I was ready for a big sour aroma. It didn’t happen. Not much sour and not much oak. Virtually zero head. Really kind of a bland beer. I don’t think I even finished the bottle. I have a feeling that I didn’t get a representative bottle. I bought this at Green’s on Buford this past spring. I’d like to try a fresh bottle as I love this style of beer.
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 Batch 8 bottle 1222. Pours amber with a light white head that fades quickly to a ring aroung the outside of the glass. Aroma is tart, lambic, slight wood and funk. Flavor is smooth, some sour but not overwhelming. Vinigar stronger than lactic in this sour. I like it better the other way around but still a solid sour. Carbonation is weak but not flat. Finish is dry, would like to see more lactic and a more dry finish.
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fully diminishing small fizzy head tops up a murky dark mahogany body. Moderate lacing. No particles. Few bubbles. Aroma presents malt being medium caramel and hay while hops are moderate and undefinable. Yeast character is heavy fruitiness. Also, there are evident evocations of vinegar, sour cherries/red fruits. Hint of vanilla. Initial flavor is lighty acetic while development is moderate sour. Finish is long . medium to full body... creamy texture... Lively carbonation...
[ Bottled ; chilled ; dates are unknown ]
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled a year ago. Notes of wood, leather, lacto, and mild sour cherry with a hint of cognac and caramel. Moderate sourness 5/10. Slightly disappointing, but certainly a good Flanders ale.
Scouser (213) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
lemony sour aroma. dark brown cloudy pour with a creamy/brown head tha does not last. it is definatly a sour ale but, to me, not very complex and thus average. nice smooth palate not too fizzy or heavy just right. overall very average, would drink again, but wont search for it. 2008 batch 10.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) Does weird necessarily equal good? If so, then this is a very good beer. Very sour in both aroma and flavor. Supposedly oak-aged and stuff but I couldn’t detect anything byond the sourness. Fairly decent, but I cannot imagine ever having more than a single small glass.
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 2006 bottle. pours a deep hazy reddish amber, with almost no head, but what little head is created from the pour pretty much sticks around for the duration. strong wonderfully sweet smell of strawberries and cherries, with oak notes coming in next, and a caramel malt mixed with yeastiness bringing in the rear. taste of sour cherries, lots of old musty wood tastes, tastes kind of watered down. weird, weak palate. light and tasty sourness, but a horrible watery mouthfeel and aftertaste. no carbonation whatsoever. yeah, i don’t like this very much. starts off with a nice smell, but it tastes like someone poured water into it, and it never had a chance to mix properly. maybe i got a bad one?
rerate: another 2006 bottle. same good smell, much better taste, but still somewhat watery, also quite vinegary. much more sour, lots of oaky notes, way better than my initial rating. still, i’m underwhelmed. i don’t think i’ll be dropping the $16 on this any more.